Having the colors of your clothes fade and run in the wash is an all-too-common problem that many people experience. You'll go to wash a load of clothes only to find out that half of them are ruined with huge color stains once you take them out, forcing you to throw them away. Not only is this a nuisance, but replacing all of your clothes can become quite expensive and easily burn a hole in just about anyon's budget. Some people may even go to the extend of replacing their washing machine, thinking it's the cause of the fading colors. The truth is, however, that it's usually something the individual is doing that's causing the colors to run and fade.
Separate Your Clothes
One of the most common reasons why colors fade and run in the wash is simply because they aren't separated beforehand. I know it may feel like you're saving time by throwing all of your clothes into the same washing machine load, but you must separate the colors first. When you begin to mix dark and lights together, the colors may run from one into the other; therefore, causing your clothes to have color stains on them. Try to get into the habit of laying your clothes out in separate piles according to their color. For instance, you can have a pile for blacks, whites, reds, blues and yellows.
Wash With Color Water
Sometimes keeping the colors of your clothes from fading is as simple as washing them with cold water instead of hot water. The heat naturally relaxes the fibers and draws colors out of them, so it's easier for them to run and fade. If you're still washing your clothes with hot water, try switching to cold and see what happens. The only downside is that cold water doesn't get stains out as easily as warm water does, but this is a small price to pay for keeping your colors intact. There are also a number of color-protecting products available for sale. These products, which are typically called "color catchers," work to prevent the colors of your clothes from fading and running into one another. You can find color catchers available for sale at most general stores like Wal-Mart or Target for as little as $10 bucks. You simply add it into your washing machine along with your traditional detergent and it does the rest of the work for you.